What Does It Really Mean to Walk With God?
By Detria Moore
At first glance, the fifth chapter of Genesis resembles any other genealogy chapter. And let’s be honest, we often quickly read through the genealogies. But in this list of descendants, one verse stands out. Echoing Genesis chapter 1, we are told in Chapter 5 verse 1 how God created male and female in his likeness and blessed them.
The next 18 verses detail the generations beginning with Adam, and they all follow the same pattern of description until verse 22, where it tells us that after Enoch had Methuselah, he walked with God. No one else in that chapter is mentioned as having walked with God.
I walk with a dear friend every Tuesday morning. When we walk, we are often moving at the same pace, we take turns talking and listening, we laugh, we encourage, and I feel so energized to tackle the rest of my day.
If this is the benefit of walking with a friend for an hour a week, how much more so if we’re continually walking with God?
When we’re moving in step and at pace with Him? When we’re in sync in our talking and listening? When we are in relationship with Him and moving through life in harmony with Him?
What does it really mean though to walk with God?
There are only a few the Bible specifically describes as having walked with God – Enoch, Noah, and Levi. Certainly others in the Bible had a personal fellowship with the Lord, but these are specifically mentioned as such.
Walk by Faith
We can learn a lot about what it means to walk with God by looking at how scripture describes these three men. Hebrews 11 tells us that before Enoch was taken, “…he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith, it’s is impossible to please Him.” Hebrews 11 also tells how Noah, in reverent fear to the Lord, obeyed the Lord in building the ark.
Noah is also described in Genesis 6 as being a righteous man, who was blameless in his generation. God says of Levi in Malachi 2 that he revered the Lord and was in awe of his name; unrighteousness was not found on his lips and he turned many back from iniquity.
We should aspire to these attributes.
The Hebrew word for ‘walk’ used in verse 22 is halak, and it oddly means both to come and to go, to accompany on continually. This means there really isn’t a time that we are NOT to be walking with the Lord; whether coming or going, we are continually walking with Him. This is the same verb used in Genesis 6:9 that discusses how Noah walked with God, and in Malachi 2:6when describing how Levi walked with the Lord.
It’s also synonymous with the verb walk as found in Micah 6 :13 where Micah explains what the Lord requires: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
Walking with God will certainly provide blessings.
Enoch walked with the Lord and he was taken up instead of seeing death. He’s listed in the Faith Hall of Fame chapter, along with Noah, who, because of his obedience, was able to save his household. But walking with God will also require something of us. It requires us to be pleasing to Him, walk in faith and reverential obedience. It requires that we live righteously.
Prayer: Lord, may the aroma of our lives be pleasing to you. May we have faith that pleases you. Help us to walk with you and keep pace with You. May all the days of our lives, our comings and goings, be filled with walking in your presence.
Connect with Detria Moore at www.detriamoore.com
Detria Moore, J.D. is a believer, wife, mother, college professor, intercessor, community servant, writer, speaker, and volunteer of all things. Above all else, she is enamored with her Savior. Her main goal is to serve the Lord, walk in a manner worthy of her calling, and bring glory to her Savior. Detria enjoys reading and teaching the Bible, praying for others, and walking the Lynchburg trails.